How to Fix the Error \"The Dynamic Library rld.dll Failed to Load\"
If you are trying to play a game or run a program on your Windows computer and you encounter the error \"The dynamic library rld.dll failed to load\", you are not alone. This error is common among users who have installed cracked or pirated versions of software that require this DLL file. In this article, we will explain what causes this error and how to fix it.
What is rld.dll and why does it fail to load
rld.dll is a dynamic link library file that is part of the SecuROM copy protection system. SecuROM is a software that prevents unauthorized copying and distribution of digital content, such as games and software. SecuROM works by verifying the authenticity of the executable file and the disc or online activation before allowing the program to run.
However, some users may try to bypass SecuROM by using cracked or modified executable files that do not require the original disc or activation. These files may also include a copy of rld.dll that is supposed to replace the original one in the installation folder. However, this may not work properly and cause the error \"The dynamic library rld.dll failed to load\". This error means that either the rld.dll file is missing, corrupted, or incompatible with the executable file or the Windows system.
How to fix the error \"The dynamic library rld.dll failed to load\"
There are several possible solutions to fix this error, depending on the cause and the situation. Here are some of them:
Reinstall the program or game. The easiest and most reliable way to fix this error is to uninstall the program or game that is causing it and reinstall it from a legitimate source. This will ensure that you have the correct and compatible version of rld.dll and the executable file. However, this may also require you to purchase or activate the program or game if you have not done so before.
Restore the original rld.dll file. If you have accidentally deleted or overwritten the original rld.dll file in the installation folder, you may try to restore it from the Windows Recycle Bin or from a backup. Alternatively, you may try to copy it from another computer that has the same program or game installed. However, this may not work if the rld.dll file is different or outdated.
Disable your antivirus software. Some antivirus software may falsely detect rld.dll as a malicious file and block it from loading. This may happen if you have downloaded rld.dll from an untrusted source or if your antivirus software is outdated. To fix this, you may try to temporarily disable your antivirus software and check if the error persists. If it does not, you may need to whitelist the folder or file in your antivirus settings. However, be careful when doing this as it may expose your computer to other security threats.
Perform a clean boot. A clean boot is a process of starting Windows with a minimal set of drivers and startup programs. This can help eliminate software conflicts that may interfere with rld.dll loading. To perform a clean boot, follow these steps[^1^]:
Press Windows logo key + R on your keyboard.
Type msconfig in the Run box and click OK.
On the General tab, select Selective startup and uncheck Load startup items.
On the Services tab, check Hide all Microsoft services and click Disable all.
Click OK and restart your computer.
Run System File Checker tool. System File Checker is a utility in Windows that allows users to scan for corruptions in Windows system files and restore corrupted files. This can help fix any issues with rld.dll that are related to Windows system files. To run System File Checker tool, follow these steps[^1^]:
Press Windows logo key + X on your keyboard and select Command Prompt (Admin).
Type sfc /scannow and press Enter.
Wait for the scan to complete and restart your computer.